You might not have known this but OS X 10.8 has an extra four dozen wallpapers hidden in a remote part of the system. And they’re all gorgeous! Problem is, they only come out when the Screen Saver kicks in. But you can change that.
A quick how-to by OS X Daily shows
how you can put your mitts onto 43 stunningly beautiful images at 3200×2000 resolution right within Mountain Lion.
They’re the images used by the Screen Saver when you leave your desktop for a while. But you can grab them from their current location, put them in a folder created by you (on the desktop, for instance) and use them for whatever purpose you like.
They’re perfect for wallpapers and they’re actually more stunning than any of the standard OS X wallpapers to date. You don’t have to be an artist to notice their brilliance. Why on Earth didn’t Apple use these as the default wallpapers for its latest Mac OS?
Here are the actual steps you need to take to access these images and copy them to your preferred location.1.
Open the Finder and hit the Command+Shift+G keyboard shortcut. This will bring up “Go To Folder;”2.
Enter the following path (copy and paste it) and hit Return / Enter;/System/Library/Frameworks/ScreenSaver.Framework/Versions/A/Resources/Default Collections/3.
You will see four folders: “1-National Geographic”, “2-Aerial”, “3-Cosmos”, and “4-Nature Patterns.” Copy these to the Desktop or wherever you prefer;4.
Access each folder, review the images, and when you find one that’s perfect as a wallpaper, just right-click it and choose “Set Desktop Picture.”
OS X is full of surprises. Have you found anything nice that Apple hasn’t marketed outright? Sound off in the comments.